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Grateful Dead Live at Pelletier Farm on 1969-08-23


Topics Live concert


Hard To Handle, Mama Tried > High Time, Casey Jones, Easy Wind,
Sittin On Top Of The World, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven >
Lovelight; E: And We Bid You Good Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Pelletier Farm
Location St. Helens, OR

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MC (Bear's) > Dick's Cass > DAT > CDR > SHN
Taped by Bear
Transferred by Tom Banjo and JH

Notes

SBDMC(Bear's) > Dick's C > DAT > CDR; via Frank Bove, stemming from MerryPrankster tree

Reviews

Reviewer: gratedude69 - - August 24, 2010
Subject: great 69
hard to handle was good
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - December 24, 2008
Subject: You can't always get what you want, but...
If you try, sometimes you get what you need...

Okay, man if you can get past the hiss, and some rehearsing on Casey Jones & Easy Wind, by the time you get to Dark Star, the DEAD know where they are and what they are doing.

Classic 1969 Pigpen. 27 minutes and 9 seconds long, Turn On Your Love Light doesn't disappoint. It's so nice to hear Pigpen again!

Don't count this one out, just be thankful we can hear summer of 69, maybe someday kids will be downloading "entire" live shows of their favorite bands with video too, or 3d holograms of the band on stage, heck for all I know they are already doing it...

3 stars for rehearsing, 4 stars for audio quality, 5 stars for Pigpen.

I'm giving this show 5 stars for Dark Star, and Turn On Your Love Light...The audio is really quite good (for 1969) when the band is playing at the right levels. Around 24 minutes and 30 seconds into TOYLL, the audio switches to mono. Oops! uh what, happened man? "And We Bid You Good Night" continues in mono too.

Eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love (Light, mine's still on.)

"all I need is some of your love", Pigpen.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - - September 1, 2007
Subject: one of the best shows on the planet!!!
you want dead here it is!!! with sparks flying in the summer heat!!! a real sizzle treat !!!!!!!!:) enjoy !!!!
Reviewer: Dudley - - May 22, 2007
Subject: Hip
The Dark Star here is awesome. One must get this if only for this tune. TC just rocks out on organ...i'm a big fan of the 68-70 era dead, you see.
Reviewer: Little Nemo - - December 5, 2005
Subject: organs aplenty
With the organ high in the mix all the way through, it is an ideal opportunity to study the contrasting styles of Pig and TC, and what each adds to the group sound. Easy Wind (the second performance of this song) features Pig on organ (I'm sure it cannot be TC), his funky groove foreshadowing the 70s, not too complex but fun and danceable. He's also enjoying singing the puns about ballin' his jackhammer so much he risks breaking his back. ;)
In another dimension entirely (that of DS), TC's organ explores the spaces left by Jerry and Phil, delicately dancing down winding alleyways of possibility in a laid-back group performance. After the tape flip that loses us the first verse, we enter almost immediately into a very spacy, almost ambient improvisation, and here TC's psychedelic skills are clearly evident. The second half makes this one of the best Dark Stars of '69, or at least of the second half of the year. The climax is wonderful.
Other highlights: *great* Hard to Handle (for the time), rockin' SS>WTB>11, fun LL with Pig really challenging his audience, and even dragging someone up on stage, and a sweet WBYGN.
But who is the guest vocalist late in LL? Surely not the person Pig dragged up?
Reviewer: geolectro - - April 6, 2005
Subject: Too Fast
I checked this one with a guitar tuner, and it is pitched up a half step. It is still a good performance, in a cool location......
Reviewer: Mike Ashenfelder - - March 15, 2005
Subject: A special
The "Dark Star" is a standard, rote version right up to the middle and then it takes a beautiful right turn into something special, spacey, and pensive. Everyone listening, everyone choosing their notes carefully, no crowding. Tom Constanten added such a terrific dimension to the band.
Reviewer: Mike Ashenfelder - - March 15, 2005
Subject: A special
The "Dark Star" is a standard, rote version right up to the middle and then it takes a beautiful right turn into something special, spacey, and pensive. Everyone listening, everyone choosing their notes carefully, no crowding. Tom Constanten added such a terrific dimension to the band.
Reviewer: Terry Werner - - May 7, 2004
Subject: decieved
poor poor sound quality... full of hiss and low volume... setlist looks ok though... hence 2 stars instead of 1

Picky McPickerson
Reviewer: dax king - - April 30, 2004
Subject: show for tc fans
Tc is really up in the mix, which is rare for this time period. This is a special show, check out the blistering lovelight, and tcs playing on the first set songs.
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